Where to buy vintage homewares in Suffolk & Cambs
Recycled, repurposed, refurbished: however you want to label them, vintage homewares are a brilliant way to brighten your interiors with unique, sustainable pieces. And at these shops and fairs, the best part’s the browsing!
Stedsans, West Wratting
The coolest furniture in Cambridgeshire can be found at Stedsans, which sources and restores Scandinavian seating from the ’30s to the ’70s *small scream of joy*. Yes, you too can have an Aster & Astrid leather armchair or a mid-century modern four-seater sofa – there’s even an option to make your piece bespoke, if you fancy choosing the upholstery. It ain’t cheap, but it sure is chic.
Mill Road, Cambridge
Mill Road isn’t a store, it’s an area of Cambridge where you’ll find lots of vintage goodies. Want retro tiles for your kitchen, a pre-loved Persian rug for the lounge or some antique jewellery? Hunt out The Hive. Next head to the Aladdin’s Cave that is Cambs Antique Centre, where you might discover a retro mid-century sideboard or a set of Russian dolls – who knows and that’s the joy. Also on Mill Road (are you picking up how good this Rue is for retro?) is the divine The Old Chemist Shop Antiques Centre, where you can shop for all kinds of weird and wonderful things, from a typewriter to an Afghan coat, depending on what’s in stock. FYI they also hire things out if you’re looking for props for photo shoots, theatre productions and weddings.
Stone & Sage, Suffolk
Winner of the best Interiors Store at this year’s Muddy Stilettos Awards, Suffolk-based Stone & Sage sells beautifully styled, covetable vintage British and European homewares online. You know the kind of gorgeous items influencers say they found for €1 in a flea market somewhere? That. Follow their popular Instagram for inspo.
Drinks cabinets, apothecary cabinets, dressing tables, sideboards…we covet pretty much everything this family-run business sells. Each piece is carefully curated and top quality, browse the online gallery for ideas and to snap up one-off pieces and watch this space as there are plans to convert their restoration workshop deep in the Cambridgeshire countryside into a place you can shop furniture too.
Sarah’s Attic, Monks Eleigh
This is the kind of store where you could easily lose a couple of hours in trawling through two floors of art, china, pottery, kitchenware, collectables and wooden furniture, before retiring to the onsite cafe at Bridge Farm Barns to mull over your purchasing decisions with a slice of cake. Smaller items are available to shop online.
Long Melford’s Antiques & Vintage Fair, Long Melford
A popular monthly fair thanks to the wide variety of choice – will you walk away with jewellery, retro toys, cool ceramics, a quality piece of furniture or a stack of books? There’s something for everyone, so it’s a Muddy recommended fair to drag kids and/or grandparents along to without the danger of anyone complaining they’re bored (at least for an hour or two). The next fair takes place 27-28 Nov.
Rural Magpie, Hadstock
Vintage jewellery and homewares specialist Rural Magpie has a successful online shop but also organises vintage fairs in East Anglia. Next on the calendar is Great Chesterford Community Centre (13 Nov), followed by Foakes Hall, Great Dunmow (20 Nov). Expect trinkets handcrafted by local artisan jewellers from Suffolk & Cambs, plus a range of art deco and antique pieces, perfect Christmas gift shopping.
Peterborough Festival of Antiques, Peterborough
A date for next year’s diary! One of the largest fairs in the country takes place at the East of England Showground and be sure to wear your trainers as there’s SO much to browse, with hundreds of dealers selling an array of items from Art Deco furniture to antique garden ornaments. Make a day of it. (15-16 April 22).